When it comes to keeping your gums and teeth healthy, prevention is far superior to any treatment option. Regular brushing and flossing are vital to preventing disease. Sometimes, however, even with a great oral hygiene regimen, cavities develop. If the following four factors describe you, then you could be particularly prone to tooth decay, meaning you must remain vigilant and ask your dentist if you need root canal therapy:
- Repeated Dental Procedures: Excessive impact or chipping from previous dental surgery may have left a tooth with an increased volume of grooves and crevices. The bumpier the surface of the tooth, the more prone the tooth is to decay, as the grooves are difficult to fully clean. If you have a long history of dental procedures, then annual checkups with your general dentist are exceptionally important.
- Aging Teeth: As teeth and gums age, their overall health will begin to decline naturally. Enamel wears and gums become less taut. These changes also increase your chances of developing decay only fixable via root canal.
- Present or Previous Injury: A strong impact or physical injury is often enough to crack a tooth. Damage like this may result in infected or injured gums. These infections can spread and will eventually require a root canal.
- History of Gingivitis or Gum Disease: One of the most common reasons people get a root canal is to excise decay that has formed in an abscess. The plaque bacteria typical of gingivitis work away the enamel found on the surface of teeth allowing for decay to flourish.
To learn about keeping your teeth healthy and your enamel strong, call The Smile Design Center of Baltimore at (443) 275-9821 to schedule an appointment. Our office specializes in general dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, and implant dentistry.